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Informal poll shows fans mixed on Kurt Busch suspension

By admin | June 5, 2012

By Richard Allen

 

It was announced on Monday afternoon that driver Kurt Busch has been suspended by NASCAR until June 13th and his probation has been extended through the end of 2012. That particular date will assure that Busch will miss the next Sprint Cup race in Pocono, even if a postponement due to rain is necessary. This move came on the heels of Busch threatening reporter Bob Pockrass of The Sporting News after Saturday’s Nationwide Series race in Dover.

Almost immediately, opinions as to whether Busch’s suspension was the right call or not came flying in from all directions. What some might consider surprising is that those opinions were somewhat mixed on the often controversial driver’s punishment.

During my nighttime walks around the neighborhood I like to pose questions on Twitter to help pass the time with some racing discussion. On Monday evening I conducted a highly informal, and thus unscientific, poll of my followers to gauge their reaction. The question was posed this way- “How about we do a simple poll… Agree or disagree… Kurt Busch should have been suspended.”

Responses came in quickly and varied. After about an hour of allowing fans to respond, the final tally was 36 in favor of the suspension with 28 opposed to the penalty. Along with their agree or disagree votes some added comments. Here are a few of those remarks:

“Threaten to beat the sh*t out of a reporter who was in NO WAY shape or form out of line? Yeah, F him! Suspend him,” said @NOTDaleJr88.

“I hate to say I disagree but what if it had not been on camera? Now, should the team/sponsor hold him out? Yes,” was the opinion of @2001MUgrad.

“Yeah absolutely. What else will get the message through? He needs to learn to act like an adult. Career about done,” declared @JeremyZarfos1.

“A suspension wasn’t enough. If he wants to kick some ass, set up a cage match with him and Harvick. That would be fun to watch,” said @shawnjordan1.

“I think that attitude makes racing entertaining! I have rode rage driving to and from work. Can’t imagine on the race track,” replied @Jilljmbdavidson.

The @NewMarketMauler has a more economically based viewpoint. “One other note, if a major sponsor was in place on that car there would 100% be no suspension.”

“I don’t like him, but Tony Stewart constantly harasses the media too with no trouble, I’m against the ban, for now,” said @IXI_Rhys_IXI.

“I think they should put @KurtBusch and @jermayfield in a charity boxing event and donate the proceeds!” suggested @UPSMAN_00.

@jimmysand1 sees a potential problem. “Being an a-hole isn’t the same as physically crossing the line, opens a can of worms for #NASCAR IMO” while @jimmie48rulz thinks the sanctioning body is playing favorites, “D.Patrick purposely puts Sam Hornish in the fence and nothing is said to her. Busch says one off color thing and he gets it.”

And finally, @Dylan_TLR added, “Hope the people in favor of Busch being suspended never complain NASCAR is too vanilla.”

As you can see, opinions were decidedly mixed. For my part, I would have voted in disagreement of the suspension. I believe another fine and an extension of the probation would have been a more appropriate response.

That said, I also believe that Busch was not really suspended for threatening reporter Bob Pockrass. I believe the real reason for the suspension was the driver’s thumbing his nose at his probation. In his post-race talks, he on at least two occasions pointed out that his actions would have been different if not for the restraint placed on him.

I believe NASCAR officials took exception to his making a public issue out of the probation, especially when he made the well publicized, “I can’t pick my nose right” remark.

But the bottom line is that even though this highly unofficial poll revealed more fans than not favored Busch’s suspension, there was a solid number who disagreed with the move by NASCAR.

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17 Responses to “Informal poll shows fans mixed on Kurt Busch suspension”

  1. Don Good Says:
    June 5th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    @jummysand1: “Busch says one off color thing and he gets it.”

    “One?”

  2. Tony Geinzer Says:
    June 5th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Nothing good would come out of this.

  3. mike stamper Says:
    June 5th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I HAVE NOT BEEN A KURT BUSCH FAN BUT I AM FEDUP WITH NASCAR AND THEIR PC REPORTERS ,PIT,TV,RADIO. I THINK ALL THEY THINK ABOUT IS TRYING TO GET THE STORY FIRST WHETHER IT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH A RACE OR PERFORMANCE IN A RACE! I THINK THE QUESTION PODGRASS ASK KURT BUSCH DID NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH WITH HIS PERFORMANCE AND HE GOT THE ANSWER HE DESIRVED. MAYBE KURT IS FEDUP WITH THESE IDIOTS. REMEMBER WHEN TONY WOULD PUT THEM IN THERE PLACE? I DON’T BELIEVE HE WAS SUSPENDED YOU GO KURT PUT THEM IN THEIR PLACE!!!!!!!

  4. Webb Racing 97 Says:
    June 6th, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Too many cameras, too many microphones and too many reporters shoving recording devices up Busch’s @$$ for every non-story. I hope Justin Allgiaer gets stuffed into the wall at his next race. He is nothing more than an instagating little punk who went and cried wolf to mommy and daddy. He is lucky Kurt didn’t clean his clock for touching 3 times when he went stomping down and getting in Kurt’s face. He knew darn well Kurt could not retaliate. He is a little jack-moe!

  5. Sue Rarick Says:
    June 6th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    It seems to me withh all of Nascars recent actions, including the new changes in their media arm. They are more worried about their image than the actual racing. Unless said racing affects their personal image.

  6. midasmicah Says:
    June 6th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Wow! A driver shows a little fire and nas$car suspends him. Shock! Shock! How things have changed.

  7. Tyler West Says:
    June 6th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Nascar has totally destroyed everything that was once great about the sport. I hate FOX, SPEED, and whatever the other networks are that cover it. The trackside show is now nothing but total stupidity, and the former drivers that are helping to usher in this new age of BS, I have nothing good to say about them. Guys like Spencer, Wallace, the Waltrips, Hammond, McReynolds they all suck! The TV hosts, man don’t even get me started. There is nothing wrong with Kurt telling it like it is. Honestly the sport needs more personalities like Kurt, who will still speak his mind. Kurt’s the best!! If it had been Danica or one the minority drivers doing this they would be hailed as an all time great. It’s a bunch of bull!! Tell it like it is Kurt, because no matter what you do they will still screw you over.

  8. Jeff Says:
    June 6th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    PIck on Kurt, pick on Kyle. There is this other article “Kurt could learn from Tony Stewart”. Yeah right, learn what, how to go to Austraila and beat up track owners!! This media thing is so two faced, just look at politics!! I’m done with NASCAR. No more of my money. I’m even dropping my dish over NASCAR.

  9. Josie Says:
    June 6th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    In NASCAR years gone by we called our drivers ” athletes”. They are now referred to as “stars”. In years gone by media folks were called “reporters”… I believe it’s safe to say alot of the reporters should be now called “paparazzi”! Let’s just hope sometime in the future we are not calling Kurt Busch (or insert driver name of your choice) “Lady Diana”! I think you catch my meaning….and it’s not pretty.

  10. midasmicah Says:
    June 6th, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Tony has come out in support of Kurt Busch. Bravo! Like I posted yesterday, vanilla cream soda should be the official soft drink of nas$car. It sure fits the whiny, millionaire drivers’ personalities these days.

  11. Bill B Says:
    June 6th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    If you want to blame anyone then blame the need for sponsorship from corporations that won’t tolerate ANY controversy. You want the big checks written by the sponsors well, whether you realize it (or like it) or not, there is a cost associated with that and that cost is having to be PC. You can’t have it both ways - getting big checks from corporations and then alienating as sizable part of their customer base by doing something controversial in public. Right or wrong that’s reality.

    I think Tony should have been suspended back in 2002(? or whatever year it was) and I am fine with Busch being suspended too. I also think if Kurt would have had a sponsor like Home Depot or Budweiser, NASCAR would have been less likely to suspend him for this particular event. Although, like I said in an earlier post this week, your actions are cumulative in all aspect of life (and the afterlife if what we are told is true). That is why I have no problem with Busch’s suspension - he’s done many other things that have warranted suspensions in the past (IMO) and NASCAR has let him off the hook with probation or fines.

    Either way, the business model of the sport is such that it is being driven by the sponsors and television contracts both of which expect a ceertain level of PC. I don’t like it either but that’s the world we live in.

  12. Richard Allen Says:
    June 6th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I guess I’m really missing something here. Having spirit and personality is far different from being obscene and vulgar. Kyle Busch has spiirit and personality. Kurt Busch has crossed that line. He’s just vulgar.

  13. Dennis Says:
    June 6th, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Read somewhere else that it was Bob Pockrass who was the one that asked about him kissing this woman (current girlfriend Patti Driscoll) that wasn’t his wife. The media had been respectfully ignoring the fact that Kurt’s wife hadn’t been attending the races for some time. So, I think that played into Kurt’s reaction.

    Bob seems like a very nice guy and Kurt needs to refrain from threatening people, whether they are the media or anyone else. The drivers know that the media will seek them out for comments right after the race. They know how sponsor-driven the sport is. Most will choose their words with at least some care. With the difficultly in attracting sponsorship, the driver, now more than ever, has a responsibility to conduct themselves in a way that doesn’t drive sponsors away.

  14. Tommy Says:
    June 6th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I’ve known Bob for over 10 years. He’s a class act and true professional. He takes his job seriously. He is there to report and that requires asking “tough” questions. Kurt could have very easily declined to answer his question if he didn’t like it, but chose to go down the road he did. Nascar has not shown favoritism when it comes to parking drivers. If you cross the line that they have drawn in the sand, they will act. Its just the way it is.

  15. Tommy Says:
    June 6th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I’ve never understood the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the Busch brothers. They are both extremely intelligent and can be at times funny and nice people to be around.

    Then, there are these inexplicable outbursts.

  16. sylvia richardson Says:
    June 6th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    GO KURT GO. THE REPORTER WAS IN THE WRONG.NOT YOU.

  17. Steven Says:
    June 7th, 2012 at 12:11 am

    All I know about Pockrass is that he is constantly PROMOTING Danica. I’m surprised that he is not on her Go Daddy payroll.

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